City to Present Plans on Tony Dapolito Recreation Center on Carmine Street and 388 Hudson Street Development Wednesday, July 10 at 5:30 pm

Also on Wednesday, July 10 at 5:30 pm, the city will provide an update to the Community Board 2 Land Use and Parks Committees about plans for the Tony Dapolito (formerly Carmine Street) Recreation Center, as well as its plans for 388 Hudson Street.

Named for local community leader Tony Dapolito and adorned with Keith Haring murals, the well-utilized recreation center was built in 1906–08 and expanded in the 1920s, and was landmarked in 2010 and listed on National Register of Historic Places in 2013.

But the city has kept the center closed for several years, and failed to make necessary repairs to reopen the beloved and much-needed public recreation space. Published reports indicate the city may be considering options other than repairing and renovating the beloved, well-used, and historic center. We have certainly seen the city defer or neglect repairs on spaces like these, and then say that repair is too expensive and demolition is necessary. We believe that any such claims should be met with extreme skepticism and receive the highest level of scrutiny, as preserving both the building and the incredibly important services it has provided to the community for generations are of the utmost importance. 

388 Hudson Street

The city is also supposed to provide updates for plans for a new high-rise development at 388 Hudson Street. Thus far the city has largely ignored overwhelming public input demanding a lower, squatter building on the site and one that guarantees its housing must remain permanently affordable. 


July 3, 2024